Chhota Udepur (Gujarat), Aug 31: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said "perverted male mentality" is responsible for the growing crime against the women and sought for a change in the thinking. He also appealed to men to protect and respect women to become "real men". He was speaking at a public rally here, the administrative headquarters of one of the new seven districts carved out in the state.
India has been rocked by a series of sexual crimes and despite growing protests from various sections of the society, the menace continues unchecked. On August 22, a young photojournalist working for a magazine in Mumbai was raped inside an abandoned factory in the southern part of the city, reviving the memories of the gangrape and horrible assault of a young medical student in New Delhi last December.
Narendra Modi appealed to men to protect and respect women to become "real men"
Soon after the Mumbai case, a self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was accused of sexually assaulting a minor and the police are yet to nab him.
Modi, although did not name anybody, said India is the land of Sita and Savitri and the safety of women has become a big concern. He said the perverted male mentality is responsible for the growing violence against women.
Referring to the UPA government's failure to curb the growing violence against women, Modi said such incidents only brought shame to the country, which is known for its culture of chivalry.
The leader has reportdly asked the BJP not to back Asaram. A number of party leaders from Madhya Pradesh have openly supported the 72-year-old accused godman, putting the BJP's image under question.
Modi also said on the occasion that his government had set up an inquiry panel to probe the recent twin buildings collapse in Vadodara. He also warned against making the tragedy a political issue, referring to the massive political fight that broke out in the wake of the unprecedented natural disaster in Uttarakhand in which thousands were killed.
The chief minister also criticised the UPA government for failing to arrest the consistent slide of the rupee.